The first wine of the evening is a 2010 vintage M Chapoutier Ermitage de l’Oree Blanc, from the Rhône valley in France, and I immediately detect a contrast in the audience reaction.
For some, its name means something. For others, it is but one more unpronounceable French wine.
I do know that the base grape of this white wine is Marsanne, not the usual Sauvignon blanc or Chardonnay: a hot-weather grape, like Rousanne and Moscato, that would do well in India were it not prone to rot.
I am at the 100-Point wine dinner of The Wine Connoisseurs (TWC), a group of wine geeks that is far less pretentious than its name suggests.